Who counts? 2. Civil registration systems and vital statistics: successes and missed opportunities
Author(s): Mahapatra P, Shibuya K, Lopez AD, Coullare F, Notzon FC on behalf of the Monitoring Vital Events (MoVE) Writing Group
The need for reliable national statistics for births, deaths, and causes of death has never been greater - but countries and developmental partners have not recognised this as a priority. Authors of the second paper look at inconsistency the lack of data from sub-Saharan Africa and the inconsistency in data from developed countries. They conclude: "It is unacceptable for us to be as ignorant about the state of a nation's health in 50 years time as we are today.
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